Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 8500 Notebook ?

Inspiron 8500 99% dead

\015 Power up - power & charge light comes on, 3 lock lights flash, but display goes dark with stripey lines and slowly goes white over about 1 minute. Fan seems to switch on/off, but can't hear the HDD spin up. Same thing happens without HDD or DVD installed.\015\012\015\012Did come to life once in 20 goes (without HDD in), some lines on the display which weren't on secondary display.\015\012\015\012Maybe sounds power-ish but not sure.\015\012\015\012Question is, should I replace Display board first (cheaper) or motherboard (more likely I think)\015\012\015\012If I have to I'll replace both. I love this laptop, its awesome even 5 years on with its 1920x1200 display\015

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Reaseat the ram or try reformmating
My husband found the Dell support page that explains what the various blinking lights mean! In my case it was RAM that had become unseated...


You'll have to enter some data and go through the matrix. You'll need to check this box <The system is receiving power but does not POST. The power LED comes on or a Lock LED flash code is displayed.> And that will get you to the flash codes page.
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